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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Agricultural management practices: effects on crop productivity and greenhouse gas emissions. A global modelling approach

Sara Minoli is a PhD candidate at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), as part of the MACMIT junior research group and is a doctoral student of Humboldt University, Faculty of Life Science. Her research includes the analysis of sustainable production systems in agriculture and agro-ecosystems modelling at the global scale.

Photo: Barekese Water Treatment Plant, Ghana 2009

Agro-ecosystems are subject to increasing pressures under global change and are required to achieve multiple targets. They will have to provide food, fuel and fiber for a growing population, but are simultaneously challenged to cope with climate change, reduce environmental pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Agricultural management is the most important factor determining the performance of agro-ecosystems. This includes any decision or technical intervention about the choice of crop/variety, crop rotation, irrigation, fertilisation, soil amendments, pest and weed control, soil tillage, harvest, etc. Assessing the best management options to address these issues requires accurate representations of agricultural systems at high spatial resolution and over large areas. The goal of my research project is to study the agriculture management practices that affect crop productivity and greenhouse gas emissions, in order to develop a simulation model applicable for global scale analysis. The study will be carried out by extending the process-based simulation model LPJmL (Lund–Potsdam–Jena managed Land) with new specific modules to allow detailed simulation of agriculture management effects.

Sara Minoli is a PhD candidate at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and a doctoral student of Humboldt University. She graduated at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences of University of Milan (Italy) in 2013, afterward she worked at the same institution as a fellowship post-graduate researcher until October 2014. Here she dealt with the nitrogen cycle in the agricultural context, from livestock farming to agronomic practices, and the assessment of different livestock manure management strategies.


Sara Minoli


Sara Minoli, Doctoral Researcher
THESys Graduate Program
Phone: +49 (0)331 288 2457
Email: sara.minoli@pik-potsdam.de